Eric Marsh

Lockhart, TX, United States

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Eric Marsh
Posted over 3 years ago
What do you think is the main reason why contemporary kids do not like / understand opera?
Actually Austin does have an opera company and they have evolved into a pretty good one. http://www.austinlyricopera.org/ I was a subscriber at HGO for many years but when they made the pit larger my front row seats disappeared and they put me somewhere off to the side. Consequently I dropped my subscription. But I have been looking at the Barber and thinking about possibly getting tickets...
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Eric Marsh
Posted over 3 years ago
What do you think is the main reason why contemporary kids do not like / understand opera?
I've have a friend who is a young man that worked for us for about seven years back when we had a small business. He was very much into music and I told him that he couldn't really be into music unless he had explored beyond pop and the local music scene (which in Austin is pretty good). I got him to come to a couple opera, in fact one of them was Carmen and the other was Die Fledermaus (again, appropriate with Austin's bat colony). Anyhow I've tried to tempt him to get season tickets this year by putting a bit of an emphasis on the, um, gory and sensationalist aspects of two of them. I figure that with pop culture being what it is parading the decapitated heads of princes through the town square (Turandot) and a wedding party that turns into a slasher psycho drama (Lucia) ought to have some appeal. After all, some things never change. Sex and violence have always sold. To quote Georges Bizet, “As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.”
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Eric Marsh
Posted over 3 years ago
What do you think is the main reason why contemporary kids do not like / understand opera?
When I was young, as is often the case, I was also foolish. I focused on the culture of my generation (this was in the 60s) and ignored all else. Fortunately for me this was a time of change and new ideas so that culture and the music that came with it was innovative and exciting. Fast forward a few years. Music became "strictly commercial" and in my opinion it became boring. So I struck out to see what else is out there. One day Carmen was on PBS and in my new spirit of open-mindedness I watched. Many of the melodies were familiar and that peaked my interest. I bought some tapes and a season ticket to Opera San Jose and in short order I was hooked. Since then I've continued to explore other genres. For the last few years it's been big band swing to a large extent. But perhaps the key concept here is exploration. And yes, I discovered and learned to like Philip Glass too. Satyagraha is in my collection. I think that many young people are the same as I was when I was younger. They live in their own little subculture and essentially turn their backs on much of what is outside of that realm. I can't blame them. Many people aren't bright enough to break out but there are those who do. And some of them are the ones you see at the opera house. Incidentally I see that some here are from Britain. Exploring youtube I came across this promo for The Cunning Little Vixen at Grange Park. It looks like such a great production I would have loved to live close enough to see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_76C6CCTBbE